School: Florida State University
Sports: Football, Baseball, Track and Field
As a freshman it was likely that you celebrated your newfound freedom by partying/sitting around/adding 15 pounds. That’s fairly standard. Deion Sanders went an alternate route and immediately started at cornerback for the 15th-ranked Florida State Seminoles football team. That following spring he started in the outfield for the (even better) fifth ranked baseball team.
Between his time on the diamond/gridiron, Sanders ran track. And when we say that it was “between his time” we mean it literally. In the middle of a doubleheader in South Carolina Sanders unwound by running a leg in a 4x100 relay, before coming back in time to start game two.
As he became more and more accustomed to college sports, he developed into a greater player. In 1987 and ’88 he was a consensus All-American cornerback. He won the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior as the best DB in college football. And he led the nation in punt return average on top of that.
It’s one thing to get your jersey retired (which Sanders did) it’s another to have an entire law named after you. Sure, it had to do with banning players from playing in the postseason if they didn’t successfully finish a semester. But hey, it’s still kind of cool.